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Effects of Aroma Therapy on Postpartum Depression

  • 저자

    김현정

  • 학위수여기관

    창원대학교 교육대학원

  • 학위구분

    국내석사

  • 학과

    상담심리전공

  • 지도교수

  • 발행년도

    2003

  • 총페이지

    iii, 58p.

  • 키워드

    향기요법 산후우울 우울증 아로마테라피 아로마 향기;

  • 언어

    kor

  • 원문 URL

    http://www.riss.kr/link?id=T9169126&outLink=K  

  • 초록

    This study intends to emphasize the importance of early treatment of postpartum depression and suggest self-treatment methods of depression through aroma therapy by identifying changes of depression symptoms after using aroma therapy to postpartum women in convalescence. It was assumed that there is a meaningful difference between controlled group and test group using aroma therapy in before and after tests on postpartum depression. The subject of this study includes test group of 10 and controlled group of 10 of 20 postpartum women in A postpartum care center in Daejeon by random sampling. Before and after tests were taken after only test group used aroma therapy everyday for 30 minutes, 15 days from February, 23 until March, 9 in 2003. This study used revision edition of Beck Depression Inventory translated by Choi Mi-rye(1987) for quantitative analysis, and experience reports and records of impressions after 2, 5, 8, 11, 14th treatment for analyzing effects in each term as measuring tools. Then, we repeatedly measured and analyzed the difference between groups(test and controlled) and tests(before and after) on over-all changes through repeated measure ANOVA and identified the effect of aroma therapy by analyzing effects in each term. The result of study showed that scores on postpartum depression increased a little in controlled group but, decreased apparently in test group in before and after tests. The result of analysing effects also suggested that mentally postpartum women's uneasy and depressed emotions were changed to happiness through inspiring aromas and physically tiredness and wrist and finger aches caused by childbirth were relieved by warming their bodies through bathing and massages. This study came to the conclusion that aroma therapy has a positive effect on reducing postpartum depression. Significances of this study are followings. First of all, this study pointed out the importance of early treatment of postpartum depression. This study showed that it can prevent morbidly developed depression to early find and treat postpartum depression troubling more than 80 percent of postpartum women. Secondly, this study presented self-treatment methods of depression through aroma therapy. Because postpartum women need convalescence physically, it is difficult to be treated for depression by a counselor psychologically. Besides, medicinal therapy can cause harmful effects. So, self-treatment methods are needed. In conclusion, this study presented aroma therapy as a self-treatment method of postpartum depression.


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